4/20 shooting suspect interviewed, released: Investigation back to square one?
Update: At this time yesterday morning, we followed up on our coverage of the shooting at Saturday's 4/20 celebration by sharing the image seen here of a man the Denver Police Department identified as a suspect. The headline on the post (see our original coverage below) asked the question, "Do you recognize him?"
Photos, videos below.
He certainly did and subsequently reached out to the police. But he was neither arrested nor charged, putting the investigation back to something like square one. Details below.
Yesterday afternoon, the DPD tweeted the following:
UPDATE: DPD has Identified the possible suspect in video released yesterday. He is not currently in custody, his name is not being released.— Denver Police Dept (@DenverPolice) April 22, 2013
This information seemed to portend a major break in the inquiry into an incident that took place just past 5 p.m. on Saturday, approximately forty minutes after the moment when thousands of people in Civic Center Park lit up simultaneously.
Hip-hop artist Lil' Flip was performing in advance of closing remarks from marijuana activist Timothy Tipton when multiple shots rang out. Two people were hit in the leg, a third was grazed and the crowd scattered, nearly trampling organizer Miguel Lopez in the process. But the gunman got away, and the schedule of events for Sunday was canceled to honor those wounded, Lopez says.
William Breathes's photo of the 4:20 p.m. ignition on Saturday.
Police believed the person of interest had helped the shooter; his likeness was captured on a YouTube video showing 4/20 attendees fleeing. Here's a screen capture from which the image above was excised:
After the DPD put out the word about the man, he reportedly volunteered to be interviewed by police. Then, about five hours after the original tweet, the DPD sent out a new message:
UPDATE:The person of interest in video released by DPD came in & was interviewed by police & not arrested. The investigation is continuing.— Denver Police Dept (@DenverPolice) April 22, 2013
The man is said to have provided investigators with some information, but it's unclear at this writing if what he disclosed simply exonerated him, or if it pointed the cops in a new direction. Either way, the 4/20 shooter remains at large.
Here's a 9News report about the development, followed by our previous coverage.
Continue for our previous coverage of the search for the 4/20 shooter.